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12 Tips for a Successful JUDICIAL INTERVIEW


Interview is the most significant assessment from among all the tests conducted to gauge the aptitude and abilities of a candidate for the post he aspires to be posted at. It is the part of exam that determines the candidate’s future. It is important to note that interview preparation is inextricably linked with your knowledge of law as well as current affairs.

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Entrapping into Security Pacts


A Tale of SEATO and CENTO with Reference to Pakistan’s Case for Kashmir

After the end of World War II, the world underwent many rapid, radical changes. The wartime bonhomie between the United States and the Soviet Union against Axis forces ended, and both superpowers once again became archrivals putting the world under the claws of a Cold War that would continue for almost half a century to come. The United States adopted the ‘containment policy’ against the Soviets which also effected the establishment of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (Nato) in Europe. The newly-established military alliance was tasked to check the influence of the fast-spreading Communism, and to protect the European continent from the sway of the Soviets. To achieve the similar objectives in Asia, the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (Seato) and the Central Treaty Organization (Cento) were formed under Manila Pact and Baghdad Pact respectively. However, the member states of these pacts, more or less, were inclined towards security arrangements which were in consonance with their own interests, with hardly any concern to Communism. This was main difference between the Seato and Cento and the Nato as the latter turned into a long-lasting alliance that survived even in the post-Cold War international system but the formers proved to be short-lived.

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The Future of Military Courts


“Not only those military courts have already started functioning, they have sentenced six people to death as well. This is despite the fact that legality of such courts is still under challenge before the Supreme Court of Pakistan and on this basis the Honourable Supreme Court has suspended the execution of these death sentences until the fate of military courts is finally decided.”

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Impacts of Colonialism on Muslim World


The political penetration of colonialism, following the economic infiltration, forever altered the course of history of Muslim lands. Physical, human and economic exploitation of the colonized lands hold keys to the history of colonialism. The cardinal point of the colonists’ policy was to exploit the resources of the colonized lands and in order to materialize this desire; they denied the indigenous people, towards the extreme end, the privilege of the control over their own lands. Generally, the colonial era lasted less than a century, but it forever changed all aspects of geography, economy, social relations, and politics in the areas that it ruled.

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The Future of Nuclear Asia


Assessing Nuclear Programmes of China, India and Pakistan

 “Nuclear competition in Southern Asia represents a classic conundrum of international relations: enormously high stakes, conflicting and entrenched interests, and at least in the near term, few realistic avenues for mitigating threats.”
— Daniel S. Markey

(Adjunct Senior Fellow for India, Pakistan, and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations)

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Crude Politics – The Weapon of Oil and the World War III


Hardly a month had passed since the gruesome attack on Peshawar’s Army Public School that another crisis hit the nation. This time it was a severe shortage of petroleum products that paralyzed most parts of the Punjab province. During this 12-day crisis, people had to wait in long queues to get some litres of fuel. The black marketeers fleeced people as a litre of petrol was sold at as high as Rs. 200. It is being alleged that a few thousand people made millions of rupees while nearly a dozen individuals amassed billions during this crisis. An acute shortage of furnace oil also soon followed and led to increased power cuts across the country. Ironically, all this has happened when the price of oil in the international market is touching new lows. The oil, which cost $150/bbl in 2008, is being priced at $53/bbl as these lines are being written. Nevertheless, this has put Pakistan in an advantageous position because by reaping the benefits of the falling oil prices, Pakistan can save forex worth billions of dollars on import bill annually.

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Security of Pakistani Nukes

Pakistani Nukes

Answering the Malicious Propaganda

May 28, 1998, is the most important and a highly momentous day in Pakistan’s history. On this auspicious afternoon at 1516 hours, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, ordered Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) team to perform the nuclear tests, codename Chagai-I. The tests were performed at the iron-steel tunnel built under the Koh Kambaran Mountain, in Chagai’s Ras Koh Hills. The snowy dust and the mountain raised above after the chain reaction built by the devices. This explosion marked that Pakistan has crossed the nuclear threshold and is now the world’s 7th nuclear power and the first nuclear weapons state in the Islamic World. Since then May 28 is celebrated as a national day that made Pakistan a member of an exclusive club of less  Nuclear States.

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The Month of Momentous Changes (Editorial May 2015)


April 2015 was a month of momentous importance in Pakistan’s recent history with two important events; the first being the visit of Chinese President H.E. Mr Xi Jinping — his maiden to Pakistan. The visit came at a time when the South Asian region is undergoing rapid changes. On the eastern borders of Pakistan, Indo-US bonhomie — seemingly aimed at the containment of China — is increasing while on the Western side, Afghan government is in the process to hold talks with the Taliban. These developments make Sino-Pak friendship even more important to maintaining the balance of power in South Asia.

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